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The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

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The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations with his death-defying stunts and daring acts. He inspired countless people, from all walks of life, to find something magical within themselves.

This is a book about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death. As Joe Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of unforgettable and fascinating characters: a woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician; an Italian who revives Houdini’s most famous illusion every night; a performer at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles who calls himself Houdini’s Ghost; a young boy in Australia who, one day, sees an old poster and feels his life change; and a man in Los Angeles whose sole mission is life has been to keep the legend’s name alive.

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini
by Joe Posnanski

  • Publication Date: October 22, 2019
  • Genres: Autobiography, Biography, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN-10: 1501137239
  • ISBN-13: 9781501137235